Definition of biomagnification
- In a process known as biomagnification, fish accumulate mercury more rapidly than they excrete it, and every fish up the aquatic food chain contains more than the one it just ate.
- —Bronwyn Garrity, Vogue, May 2009
biomagnifyplay \¦bī-(ˌ)ō-¦mag-nə-ˌfī\ verb, transitive + intransitive, biomagnified; biomagnifying; biomagnifies
- In addition, litter leaches toxins into the water and soil. These toxins can be biomagnified, meaning the pollutant is concentrated ten times with each step up in the food chain from plankton to humans.
- —Jennifer Fankhauser, Kern Valley Sun (Lake Isabella, California), 1 Aug. 2012
- Mercury is a persistent contaminant that biomagnifies up the food web, causing mortality, reproductive failure, and other health effects in predatory wildlife and humans …
- —Daniel A. Cristol et al., Science, 18 Apr. 2008